1768 ALEXANDER DAVIDSON III, marries his first wife Anna Bridges, b. 1742, married on 28th Apr 1768 in Gloucester Co., VA, daughter of Moses Bridges. She dies of complications giving birth to Elijah in 1783. Their children are: I. James DAVIDSON, b. 1768 II. John Davidson, b. 1770, married Sarah Ellis, the youngest sister of his stepmother. John Davidson was received into the fellowship of Sandy Run Baptist Church, Mooresboro, Cleveland County, North Carolina in October 1788. III. Margaret “Polly” Davidson, b. 1772 IV. Alexander Davidson, Jr., b. 1773 V. Hezekiah Davidson, b. 1774, died in 1841. He married first Lettice Isbell (15 Oct 1795, Rutherford County, N.C.). VI. Anna Davidson b. 1776 VII. Jesse Davidson b. 1778 VIII. William Davidson b. 1780 married Aspassia Ellis. IX. ELIJAH DAVIDSON, born 23 February 1783 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, died 24 april 1870 in Oregon. On 4 February 1802 he married Margaret Murphy (in Barren County Kentucky, by The Rev. Carter Tarrant.
1771 Alex Davidson, John Davison, and Moses Bridges were among the inhabitants of the north part of Orange Co. who signed a petition to divide the county and the new formation of Caswell County. Later, he will relocate when he bought some land in the area of Rutherford County near Broad River and South Carolina state line in 1782 1778 Alexander Davidson III age 35 moves to Tyron County – purchases 225 acres 1783 Tax list of Rutherford Co. North Carolina. Alexander Davidson is 38, father of 10 children owns 225 acres, 5 slaves; 5 horses; 19 cattle. 1783 ELIJAH DAVIDSON is born 23 Feb 1783 in Rutherford Co., NC, he lives a full life and dies 24 Apr 1870 in North Monmouth, Polk Co., OR. At this time, the Colonies are still under British rule, and still fighting for their independence. Even though Gen. Cornwallis had surrender at Yorktown just 4 months earlier, the British troops still occupy Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina and they still occupy New York city. Alexander Davidson marries a 2nd time to Mary Ellis, who is the daughter of William Ellis. William Ellis was an Uncle and appointed guardian to the young Alexander when his father died. Alexander Davidson III was also a veteran of American Revolution, fought with the NC Volunteer Militia with Capt. Vinsant’s regiment at the Battle of Cowpens and Kings Mountain, less than 25 miles from his home. In a grant from North Carolina, he received 75 acres "adjoining and above his own land, including Gutheries improvements". Perhaps there is an earlier grant that I have not found. Alexander Davidson joined Sandy Run Baptist Church, Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N. C., by letter from Buffalo Baptist Church, Cherokee County, S. C., in April 1787. The lines were drawn by a line beginning at the south line near Alexander Davidson’s homestead at Broad River, thence along the dividing ridge between Buffalo Creek and Little Broad River to the line of Burke County. He was then living on Sandy Run Creek. Church records show that Alexander was a very religious man. He was a delegate to the Association many times and was sent to "cite' someone to meeting almost too many times to count. In June, 1795, he was allowed to "exercise his gift", that is, to preach; he was then ordained a minister in July 1796. Mary, second wife of Alexander, joined the church and was baptized in July 1788.
1782 RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA TAX LIST CAPTAIN VINSANT'S COMPANY (86 men) NAME LAND NEGROES HORSES CATTLE ASSESSMENT Mosses Bridges 150 0 2 10 79 Alexander Davidson 225 5 5 19 366
Alexander Davidson, was a stout, robust and muscular man, of much energy, with a sound, strong mind, industrious and trustworthy. “Grandfather's first wife was a very pious lady, and she finally wished to unite with the Baptist Church. It was with reluctance that Grandfather gave his consent for her baptism. At that time, he was opposed to religion and he only owned one horse, so he took his wife riding behind him to the baptismal waters, and as they rode home he said he felt like she was not his wife any more. Not long afterwards, he went with her to prayer meeting at church, to which an old colored brother was a member. He was absent on that occasion, and one of the brethren asked where he was. Grandfather rose to his feet, and replied that he did not know unless he was robbin' some one's hen roost. Not a great while after this, he was convicted of his sinfulness and sought mercy at God's throne of grace; and eventually obtained that peace of mind this world can neither give nor take away. He subsequently became an eminent pioneer minister of the Gospels and was pastor of several churches. Some years afterwards, the wife of his early manhood, the mother of his children, passed away, leaving him and the children very desolate. In those early days of the Revolution, grandfather and his family were exposed to many hardships. The country was infested with Tories, who often robbed them of the little they had accumulated. On one occasion they came at night, searched grandfather's cabin, only found a few dollars and a pair of steelyards. Fortunately, grandfather had most of his money in the pockets of some old pants hanging behind the door, which escaped their notice. Often, these families would be driven from their homes, perhaps get another cabin, built a few acres in cultivation, and be driven miles away” Grandma related to me many thrilling incidents in which her and her family passed through. When quite a girl, Grandma saw General George Washington crossing the James River with a company of soldiers. She never saw him afterwards.” As told by Laura Davidson Baird
The first appearance of Alexander Davidson in North Carolina seems to be in the Nash District of Caswell County. He some bought land in this area in 1782. In a grant from North Carolina, he received 75 acres "adjoining and above his own land, including Gutheries improvements".
Alexander Davidson joined Sandy Run Baptist Church, Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N. C., by letter from Buffalo Baptist Church, Cherokee County, S. C., in April 1787. A Davidson joined Sandy Run in November, 1788. Alexander lived on Broad River and Sandy Run Creek of present-day Cleveland County, North Carolina, and then moved on to Kentucky (in 1797 or 1798) with his entire family. He was a delegate to the Association many times; ordained a minister in July 1796. On 5 November 1798 he organized the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church of Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky.
Church records show that Alexander was a very religious man. He was a delegate to the Association many times and was sent to "cite' someone to meeting almost too many times to count. In June, 1795, he was allowed to "exercise his gift", that is, to preach; he was then ordained a minister in July 1796. Mary, second wife of Alexander, joined the church and was baptized in July 1788.
By 1796 Alexander was an elder of the Sandy Run Baptist Church, Mooresboro, N.C.; in 1796 he was ordained. Source church records Duke University N.C.
While still in Rutherford County, Alexander Davidson was a Justice of the Peace during the year 1783. See page 88 of the HISTORY OF OLD TRYON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, N.C., 1730-1936, by Clarence W. Griffin. Tryon County was named for William Tryon, the Royal Governor of the Province. William Tryon was a Major General in command of the American Loyalists. His oppressions of the inhabitants made his name so detestable, the General Assembly in 1779 blotted the name of Tryon from the list of counties and divided the territory into the counties of Lincoln and Rutherford. At its formation, Tryon County included all or portions of the South Carolina counties of York, Chester, Union, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. The lines were drawn beginning at the south line near Alexander Davidson’s homestead at Broad River, thence along the dividing ridge between Buffalo Creek and Little Broad River to the line of Burke County.
Alexander Davidson moved his whole family to Kentucky in 1797. On 5 November 1798 he organized the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church of Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky.
History of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church (Barren Co., Ky.) "A Covenant of a Baptist Church on Beaver Creek entered into the 5th of November 1798. With 7 members and constituted by Elders William Hickman, Carter Tarrant, and Alexander Davidson. Agreed to be constituted on the essential doctrines of the gospel, First: We believe in one only true and living God and that their are three persons in the God-head, the Father, son, and Holy Spirit. 2nd. We believe that the scriptures of the old and new Testaments, are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 3rd. We believe that we are saved by grace thro faith, and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God. 4th. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 5th. We believe in mans impotency to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by nature. 6th. We believe that sinners are justifyed in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Christ. 7th. We believe that the Saints shall persevere and never finally fall away. 8th. We believe that baptism and the Lords supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers and them only are the fit subjects of these ordinances, and we believe that the true mode of baptism is by immersion. 9th. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and universal judgment. 10th. We believe the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and joys of the righteous will be eternal.
On Saturday November I, 1800, the Green River Association of Baptists met at the Trammel's Creek Meeting House in Green County, Kentucky. “At 12 O'clock the worship service began. Seated in the congregation were some of the most rugged yet noble men of God that could be found west of the Appalachian Mountains. These men, in the face of untold difficulties, had plunged into the howling wilderness of the American frontier, and in the face of their bitter enemies, had conquered the land for Christ. When the legal persecutions against the Baptists began in Virginia and North Carolina. where many were imprisoned for preaching and their possessions, gained by hard labor, were taken from they, they had fled into the hills of Kentucky and there suffered incredible hardships. They endured hunger, fatigue, cold, and nakedness. The only clothing which many of them could obtain was the skins of animals. And yet the scattered and homeless ones would assemble to unite their voices in singing, and praising God. They encouraged and cheered one another, and were grateful for even their miserable retreat. Many of their children sickened and died from cold and hunger, yet the parents did not for a moment think of yielding religion. They praised the love and favor of God far above earthly ease or worldly riches. "If there ever was a religion that functioned during the week-days as well as on Sundays, it was the type found among the pioneers."
Present were such men as Robert Stockton who was "said to have been thrust into jail at one time 'for preaching the gospel' " and William Matthews who, for religious sake, was almost drowned by wicked men while on his way to preach. Also present was Richard Skaggs, one of the old "Long Hunters" who had explored Kentucky with Daniel Boone, and blazed trails to lead settlers there. He was a man who knew how to survive in the wilderness surrounded by fierce animals and warring Indians. Others included Rev. Benjamin Lynn, for whom No-Lynn (Nolin) River was named. His knowledge of Indian wiles and of the wilderness ways had saved many a settler's life. He had performed the first baptism in Kentucky, in the waters of Nolin River, while men armed with rifles had guarded them against the Indians, which were lurking in the surrounding forests.
Many of the old soldiers of the Revolutionary War were present. Such men as Jonathan Cowherd, who participated in the Battle at Great Bridge near Norfolk, Virginia; Philip Crowder, who was with George Washington at Yorktown and saw the British commander hand his sword to Washington when the war ended. Abraham Harding, who served in Capt. Shin s Company in Pennsylvania and came to Kentucky to assist the recovery of his sister from the Indians; and many others whose countless acts of valor would fill a book of this size.
One writer said "I have seen a rural audience in those backwoods, made up of men and women of strong nerve, and not to be moved by any story of pain, danger, or death, weep with the deepest emotions as, the pioneer preachers of that day, told of the struggles of their souls in the days of their conviction and conversion."
After the worship service began, Elder Carter Tarrant delivered the introductory sermon from Psalms 55:14, "We took sweet council together, and walked unto the house of God in company." Elder Tarrant had helped constitute the first Baptist Church in present Barren County, Kentucky in 1798. He was later called to the pastoral care of this church (Mt. Tabor). As early as 1796, he had been a member of the Tates Creek Association (the first United Baptist Association in Kentucky) when they appointed members of the clergy "to visit the destitute brethren on Green River with their ministerial labor " Brother Tarrant died during the War of 1812.
ALEXANDER DAVIDSON III was the first pastor of Mount Tabor church, and considered the first preacher that settled between Green and Barren rivers. He was active in gathering the first churches in that region, before any other preacher settled there, as well as afterwards. He must have been a man of considerable prominence, as he represented Warren county in the convention that formed the second constitution of Kentucky, in 1799. He was a number of years pastor of Sinking Creek church, in Warren county, which was probably gathered by his ministry. He was a laborer among the churches of this region, as late as 1823.
SINKING CREEK church was located near a stream from which it derives its name, near the south-western corner of Barren county. It is one of the first three churches gathered in the region of country lying between Green and Barren rivers. It was constituted sometime during the year 1798. The first convention that met to consider the propriety of organizing an association in this region assembled with this church, the second Saturday in June, 1799. Alex. Davidson was its first pastor, and had membership in it. This church was one of the nine of which constituted the Green River Association, in June 1800. It shared largely in the great revival. Forty-two members were added to its roll by experience and baptism, in 1802, and it reported that year, an total membership of 142.
ANCESTRAL ROOTS OF THE DAVIDSON FAMILY- Written by Laura Davidson Baird (Granddaughter of Rev. Alexander Davidson) 1901 Published by Sandra K. Gorin in the ANCESTRAL ROOTS OF THE DAVIDSON FAMILY February, 1995
“Our Gt. Grandfather is Alexander Davidson born April 22, 1702 in Scotland. He married Sarah Ellis. He had 3 brothers William Davidson was born 1707 in Cupar Fife, Scotland, and married Janet Duncan 22 Aug 1732. Philip/Phillip Davidson was born 1703 in Scotland. They also had a brother named Hezekiah Davidson born 1705 in Scotland. Our Grandfather was Alexander Davidson born in January 31, 1744 in Glouchester Co., VA and died August 15, 1817. He was married to Anna Bridges. His second wife was Mary Ellis after Anna died. Her Grandmother referred to by the writer is Mary Ellis. Our great grandfather Davidson was a native of Scotland, lineal decedent of an old Scotch Irish family. He emigrated from his native land in an early day, and located in Gloucester County, Virginia, before the days of the Revolution. He had two brothers, William and Phillip. They also had a brother named James Davidson. I have no information concerning the rest of his father’s family or of their demise. One of his brothers was apprenticed to a tailor. Grandfather was apprenticed to a blacksmith. He was born in 1744 in Gloucester County, Virginia, and subsequently was united in marriage to a Miss Anna Bridges, and to them were born six sons and two daughters. Their names are recorded in the old family Bible, which was published one hundred and twenty years ago (1779). The names are first: James, John, Alexander, Hezekiah, William, and Elijah; sisters: Margaret and Anna, but the dates of their births are so torn and yellow with age, they cannot be deciphered. I regret this very much, but know of no other record among our Davidson relatives that I could refer to. I have never seen any of Grandfather’s children by his first wife. They moved to other states long before I came to Kentucky to reside with my dear father’s mother. (Mary Ellis Davidson) Record of the names of grandfather’s children I have else-where stated that dates of births and deaths could not be deciphered in the family Bible, which is one hundred twenty-two years old. The names of the first marriage will be given first. The eldest son was James; next, John, Alexander, Hezekiah, William, and Elijah. Their two sisters’ names were Margaret and Anna. These six sons and two daughters constitute all of the family of the first marriage of the Elder Alexander Davidson (with Anna Bridges); Grandfather’s first wife (Anna Bridges) was a very pious lady, and she finally wished to unite with the Baptist Church. It was with reluctance that Grandfather gave his consent for her baptism. (At that time he was opposed to religion.) However, he only owned one horse, so took his wife riding behind him to the baptismal waters, and as he rode home he said he felt just like she was not his wife any more. Not long afterwards, he went with her to prayer meeting at church, to which an old colored brother was a member. He was absent on that occasion and one of the brethren asked where he was. Grandfather rose to his feet and replied that he did not know unless he was robbin’ some one’s hen roost. Not a great while after this, he was convicted of his sinfulness and sought mercy at God’s throne of grace; and eventually obtained that peace of mind this world can neither give nor take away. He subsequently became an eminent pioneer minister of the Gospel, and was pastor of several churches. Some years afterwards, the wife of his early manhood, the mother of his children, passed away, leaving him and the children very desolate. (I feel the loss of the dates of marriages and deaths of our loved ones, but there is no remedy that I know of.) Sometime after the demise of his first wife, he was wedding to Miss Mary Ellis, daughter of Jacob Ellis, who owned a ferry crossing at Broad River and a granddaughter of Abram Spencer. Her parents were of English descent and were natives of North Carolina. In those early days of the Revolution, her father (Jacob Ellis) and his family, consisting of six sons and three daughters, were exposed to many hardships. The country was infested with Tories, who often robbed them of the little they had accumulated. On one occasion they came at night, searched her father’s cabin, only found a few dollars and a pair of steelyards. Fortunately, her father had most of his money in the pocket of some old pants hanging to the wall, which escaped their notice. Often, they would be driven from their homes, perhaps get another cabin built and a few acres in cultivation and be driven miles away. Grandma (Mary Ellis) related to me many thrilling incidents in which her father and family passed through. When she was quite a girl, Grandma saw General George Washington crossing the James River with a company of soldiers. She never saw him afterwards. Subsequently, her father moved with his family to the state of Tennessee, in what is now called Trousdale County, two miles beyond Hartsville, lived to a ripe old age, passed away in the year of eighteen hundred. His youngest son, Presley Ellis, lived to the age of 106 years and had never taken a dose of medicine. I have not the date of Grandfather’s removal from Virginia to Kentucky. Doubtless was in an early day. Grandma told me Glasgow was a small town, and that calico was one dollar per yard; coffee, one dollar per pound; and everything else in proportion. Grandfather’s home was three miles south of Glasgow. (That community is now called South Fork, taking the name of the creek, which ran through Grandfather’s farm which contained seven hundred acres. Their neighbors were located far apart. Col. George Murrell, who emigrated from Virginia, was at one time Grandfather’s nearest neighbor. He was the father of James, Schuyler, and Robert Murrell and his grandsons lived near Grandma’s even during the days of my girlhood. There were no better citizens to be found anywhere than those primitive settlers. Ere Long, the Everett’s, the Sanders’, the Mayfield’s and many others, too tedious to mention, settled not very far from Grandfather’s home. The neighbors were more devoted to each other then, than at present time. Grandma told me that Grandfather’s liberality knew no bounds. He never would let little Mill Boyd pass his home of evenings. Had him (and others) stay over night and after breakfast start them on their way home, which, perhaps, was several miles distant. Grandfather was a delegate to the first Constitutional Convention of the state of Kentucky. It must be remembered that Barren County, at that date, was yet a part of Warren County. With the aid of his sons and slaves that he brought from Virginia, soon a plantation was cleared. Everything, almost, in the way of clothing was made on the farm. Even the hides of the beeves killed for family provision were tanned in large troughs down by the wide, flowing spring branch, for shoe leather, with sap bark. The hair, also, was utilized, mixed with cotton, carded, spun, and woven into blankets for the colored family. A blacksmith shop was built close by and Grandfather did his own smithing and some for others. On one occasion a widow lady sent her plows by her son, putting in some old castings in the wagon for Grandpa to use on her plows. It fretted Grandfather. He stepped to a briar patch near by and tossed the old pot lids as far as he could send them. I told Grandma I imagined that Grandfather’s Scotch temper rose. The old lady that sent them perhaps knew no better than to suppose that a blacksmith could use any kind of iron in his shop. (She knew better, afterwards, I imagine.)
Uncle Hezekiah, Grandfather’s fourth son, was a splendid gunsmith and made many guns in those early days. Grandma had a table made by him when they first came to Kentucky. The walnut timber was just hewn. He had neither saw nor plane to work with. Some may think this incredible; nevertheless, it is true. I had it from the lips of dear Grandma. Uncle John Davidson (he was a Chain carrier for Edmund Rogers) went to visit a neighbor, who lived some distance across the creek from his home. He wished to borrow an augur. At late bedtime he started home, had not gone very far before he found he was pursued by a panther which screamed. Uncle would turn and wave the augur to and fro at the panther and scream back at him as loud as possible, but still it followed on until the creek was reached. Uncle crossed over on the footlog; I suppose in that way Uncle’s life was saved for he did not have even a pocket knife with him to defend himself. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ellis a sister of Grandmother, much younger than herself. She was quite a Doctress, using medical herbs, performed many cures, and was held in high esteem in the community in which she lived. Uncle John was captured by the Indians; I don’t know how long he was held a prisoner, but in their travels he had to sit in a circle with the Indians around a large kettle and take mouthfuls about with the Indians, using a large iron paddle. (When he was at home, he was particular; would not use a spoon even that his wife had used. I told Grandma it was a bitter dose, but better than starving. Cousin Mollie, I cannot pen you all that I would wish to, but will write those incidents of most importance. If your children were small, they would enjoy much that I could tell them of the Indian language, but now something more important would be better. You must pardon my many errors, as well as the writing. Cousin Allen Davidson’s grandson visited me, wants a copy; said he would have it published in the Times. I don’t feel competent to write anything for publication. I told him I would write for him. I have borrowed the Baptist History of Kentucky from you Cousin Phina Fishback, and will gladly make a few quotations from the first volume:On page 384, Mt. Tabor Church is located on Beaver Creek some two miles west of Glasgow in Barren County; it was fathered by Alexander Davidson and was constituted of seven members by the assistance of the famous old pioneers, William Hickman and Carter Tarrant. They were some of Alexander's friends, In November 5, 1798, Alexander Davidson was chosen pastor; John Murphy was elected clerk; and John Bough was appointed to hold meetings in the absence of the pastor Alexander Davidson. Well, dear Cousin, my promise was long being fulfilled, had health and many impediments prevented. I hope the perusal of what I have written will afford pleasure. I regret so much not having more of the early ministry of our beloved Grandfather. All the information from my dear Grandma and all obtained from her youngest sister’s son, memory and shall be faithfully preserved for the benefit of our dear kindred. In the early days of the year eighteen hundred, Grandfather visited Grandmother’s father, Jacob Ellis, who resided fifty miles distant, and on Sunday a stand was erected in Shady Grove for Grandfather to preach. A large congregation assembled and Grandfather’s text was “is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there?” It will be found in the book of Jeremiah, 8th chapter, and is a part of the 22nd verse. There were but few dry eyes in the congregation when preaching was over. How sad that this is the only text of Scripture we know that he used for a foundation for his sermon. I heard Grandma say that she went with him to preaching at Mt Tabor on one occasion and in his sermon he quoted a passage from the Bible and some minister corrected him, quoting it some other way. Grandpa said, “No, it is not,” and went on as though he had not been interrupted at all with his discourse. I have no authentic knowledge of the date of his demise. Had I ever had the least idea of being called upon to write anything in memory of him, I could have gathered so much information from dear Grandma. It is strange that I never heard Aunt Holland mention anything concerning her father’s ministry, but I never did. Several of Grandfather’s sons by his first marriage came with him to Kentucky. Uncle William and Uncle Hezekiah both owned homes in the vicinity of Prewitt’s Knob. I have been at both farms. I have a little nephew laid to rest at the former home of Uncle William Davidson by the side of one of his sons. In 1828, my father visited his widowed mother and his two brothers living near Prewitt’s Knob. I don’t know where Uncle Elijah Davidson lived, but he was a Baptist minister and frequently held services at Mt. Tabor Church. He was the youngest son by the first marriage. In after years, he moved to Oregon Territory. He passed away while Aunt Holland was residing in California. She wrote me about all I ever knew after he left Kentucky. I infer he had a large family of sons and daughter, but they never knew their Kentucky kindred, and never corresponded with any of them. I think all that spell their names as we do are Grandfather’s descendants. By his first marriage, he had six sons and daughters, and by his second marriage, eight sons and two daughters, making eighteen children. All united in marriage and reared families but his two youngest sons, Allen and Albert. Uncle Jesse went to Mississippi after the death of his wife and son. We never heard from hi m any more. Uncle Asa passed away in Missouri; Uncle Jacob Ellis Davidson, in Kentucky, had fifteen children; several died in infancy. Uncle Benjamin had seven; A S Davidson, my father, had five one passed away in infancy. I cannot remember them all. The purpose of the preceding pages of the manuscript is to give my Davidson relatives the little knowledge I am in possession of concerning our grandparents. I am now the only living grandchild in the state, so far as I know. We have Davidson relatives in many of the different states. I have read much in the papers. I doubt not but we are distantly related to many that we read about. While we do not claim perfection, even naturally, for any of the name; yet I have never heard of one of the name stooping to littleness of character. They are honorable in character, high-minded, independent and trustworthy, as every citizen should be. I esteem good character high above riches. It is something that wealth of this world cannot buy. In the pioneer days, many hardships had to be encountered. Grandma related to me many thrilling scenes she passed through in the days of her girlhood. I never tired listening, and although I have passed my eightieth birthday, much that she related to me is still vivid in my memory. None but our dear relatives would care for their perusal, so unless requested to do so. I shall not commit them to paper. I notice, dear Cousin, in the paper all that is publish convinces me that we are all one people. I wrote so late yesterday eve I see this morning I did not follow the lines; but I know you won’t “view me with the critical eye, but lovingly pass my imperfections by.” I am nervous at times and often my right arm pains me from the shoulder to the end of my fingers. I will try to finish now concerning Grandfather’s descendants. His family by his first and second marriage, and I cannot but speak of the love and kindness that my dear Grandmother bestowed upon me; truly, can I say she was the only mother I ever knew, my own mother dying when I was a babe. Her love and her affection was returned, I remember, as long as she lived. Doubtless, death to her was the gate of endless joy. If she had a fault, her loved ones could not see it. Aunt Holland, her widowed daughter, Cousin Joe Davidson, Mr William Murrell, and others, were present during her illness, with us much of the time, and many others that have long since passed to that bourne from whence no traveler returns." Written by Laura Davidson Baird (Granddaughter of Rev. Alexander Davidson) 1901